Friday, December 18, 2009

Fairy Garden

Fairy Garden
Recently little miss grand daughter (seven years) came to visit, as always she must check out her fairy garden to see she what has changed since her last visit. So out we went camera in my hand to see what the fairies had been up to while see had been gone. This is her favorite place in the garden and she will sit and play here as often as she can. After re-arranging some of the fairy ornaments, she asked if she could take some photos. So I handed over the digital camera after setting it up for her and here are the photos she took. It was wonderful to watch this little pro at work, getting up and down checking the angles to get the shot just right. Check out some of the pics she took, I was a very proud Nan.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Summer colour in the garden

There is always so much colour in the the garden over summer, this is a wonderful time of the year as the weather allows us to get out and enjoy our gardens. I love this time of the year the sights, sounds and smell of the garden can not be beaten.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


On Saturday 31.October 2009 we went to visit a friend in Marysville almost twelve months to the day since our last visit. What a difference twelve months makes, after the devastating bush fires of Saturday 7 February 2009 we had know idea what to expect on our return. It was a surreal feeling driving through the black spur and into Marysville, burnt trees in all directions. It was an eerie feeling as we came closer to Marysville to smell smoke in the air from recent burn off's as people prepare for this summers fire season. There were so few home left in Marysville that survived the fires and so little has yet been rebuilt. The loss of life in this once beautiful little country town surrounded by Forrest will never be forgotten. As the towns people try to rebuild their homes and their lives. I found it hard to believe that families were still living in temporary accommodation after nine months. Have they been forgotten because their plight is yesterdays news????
As we walked around what were the main streets of Marysville we could see mother nature at work giving back some of what she had taken away. The Oak trees had started to re-shoot and some had quite a bit of leaf cover on them. Trees in and around Marysville were starting to recover, this was a most heat lifting sight. Here are some photos in and around Marysville showing mother nature and the re-birth of the bush.

Photo 1 & 2 Forrest coming into Marysville. Photo 3 tree in full flower near the lake

Oak trees main street Lake view burnt hills in background Lake view

Hill views Trees recovering

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Hanging Rock Visit

First views of the rock

What a very cold wet day to make our first visit to Hanging Rock. We left the sunshine behind when we turned off the Calder Highway and the closer we got to the rock the more the weather deteriorated. But I enjoyed my time at the rock, in spite of the weather and I managed to get some photos that I was happy with.

Hanging Rock was formally known as Mount Diogenes, it is a distinctive geological formation, 718m above sea level. Approximately 70 km north-west of Melbourne and a few kilometres north of Mount Macedon. The Rock is best known as the site depicted in the book PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK WRITTEN by Joan Lindsay.

On the way to the summit

Views from the summit storm front

Sunday, July 26, 2009

In My Garden Today

Well it has been some time since I posted anything in my blog, other interest have for some months taken over my time. But with nearing to the end of winter and spring not to far away, it is time to once again make the effort into the get out into the garden and get ready to watch the re-birth of the garden in spring.

Here are some photos taken of what is in flower today in my garden.

Saturday, May 30, 2009


On a recent trip to Emerald Lake, I found this beautiful Kookaburra sitting quietly on a post taking in the scenery. As luck happened I had my camera in hand turned on and ready, not to be one to miss a golden opportunity I slowly lifted the camera and took my shot. The Kookaburra didn't seem to mind my presence and continued to sit quietly and watched me. So I slowly took another step closer and took another shot. One of this friends landed in the tree above us and made is laughing call and both birds flew away. I was not disappointed with the photo s I'd taken when I arrived home. These truly are a most beautiful bird instantly recognisable by their plumage and their voice.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

The Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens are located in Sherbrooke in the Dandenong Ranges, a short drive from Melbourne.

Alfred Nicholas Gardens are the original gardens of the "historic Burnham Beeches" estate. The gardens are renowned for their extensive water features , including a quaint boathouse. The unusual Blackfish Pond and a picturesque lake which is fed by two striking waterfalls. Sadly, Alfred Nicholas died in 1933 before his garden had been completed and after his death the gardens began to decline. In 1965 The Nicholas Institute donated the gardens to the people of Victoria by way of the Shire of Sherbrooke.